A few hours or even days ago, you spilled some enamel paint while painting your balcony walls. Oh no! Some even got on your favorite aesthetic metal chair. Well, no need to worry; the situation is under control.
Yes, you can remove the enamel paint from the metal surface. But the thing is, it may cut a reasonable time from your day.
That is why I’ve seen many people going for repainting over the spilled paint to avoid the hassle. Although it might work for the time being, you’ll see how it has spoiled the beauty of your metal piece in the long run. With more layers of paint, the surface looks uneven or even gummy. And the worst case is with the stains on the topcoat; the stain below may just peek through. Yuck! So, how to remove enamel paint from metal?
It’s not a very easy process or one you can do in a jiffy. But it surely is worth it. You’ll need the suitable materials, the proper prep work, the right enamel paint stripper and mineral spirits, some time and patience your hands.
Well, I guess it’s better to take some time and remove the paint from the surface, permanently revealing a smooth and flawless surface of the metal.
Things this article will let you know-
- Necessary materials for removing enamel paint
- Right steps for enamel paint removal
- Tips for removing enamel paint.
Come on, let’s get to work!
How to Remove Enamel Paint from Metal: Necessary Materials
If you get hold of these materials and tools to remove enamel paint from metal, you’re absolutely ready for removing the distressing enamel-
- Paint stripper
- Paint scraper
- Mineral spirits
- Nylon brush or scrub pad
- Disposable paintbrush
- Metal can
- Old newspapers, paper towels, or drop cloth
- Dust mask
- Safety goggles
- Clothes that cover the whole body
Steps for Enamel Paint Removal
1. Prepping the work table:
If you think it might not be a very significant step, then hold the thought! Your whole work and the best outcome from it depend on how well you prepare the work table. So, the steps to work table preparation are as follows-
- If you need to get rid of enamel paint from metal hardware connected to electricity, turn off the hardware and ease the plug from the source.
- Once you have all the necessary equipment at hand, grab some drop cloth or old newspapers to cover the ground. This will prevent any mess on the surface or surroundings.
- Now, to prep yourself. Wear long-sleeved shirts and full pants, so the chemicals do not harm your skin. To protect your face, hands, and eyes, wear a dust mask, rubber gloves, and safety goggles.
- Carry out your DIY paint removal in a well-ventilated area with enough open windows so that the fumes from the chemicals do not put you in any danger.
2. Time for using enamel paint remover
There are different paint strippers available in physical stores or websites. These are ideal for various heavy-duty projects.
So, take the bottle of the enamel paint stripper and pour some in the metal can; you can also use glass for the purpose. Take your disposable brush and dip it in the solution. Apply a thick layer of the paint stripper on the metal surface.
You will know that the chemical stripper is working when you see tiny bubbles emerging on the metal surface. This means the stripper is reacting to the paint. You may need to wait for half an hour till the chemicals react.
3. Removing the paint
Do you see those tiny bubbles on the metal? Well, then it’s time for you to chip off the paint. Grab your paint scraper and gently get rid of the paint. When working on a flat surface, it’s much easier to remove the paint with the scraper.
If you are worried that the metal paint scraper will damage the metal piece, go for a plastic-bladed scraper. In this way, there won’t be any risk of scratching or scuffing your favorite metal pieces. A nylon brush or scrubbing pad should work well to chip off the paint from corners.
Well, you can also use a rag to remove the old stain. However, it might need a lot of force and time. A quick tip would be to repeat the usage of the enamel paint remover a few times till it becomes easy to get off the paint.
After you are done scraping off the paint, you will see dots of paints on the surface that you cannot get rid of with the scraper. That’s when you use a damp rag soaked in mineral spirits. Apply and wipe the surface with it, and the slightest residues of enamel paint will vanish from the metal.
4. Final clean up
When you are done working with all the chemicals, it’s finally time to clean the metal surface. The stripper may still stick to the metal, so take some water and rinse off the metal with it. Take a clean and dry rag or paper towels to wipe clean the water. Voila! You’ve accomplished the task of removing enamel paint with such ease!
Finishing off your task do not forget to place the piece back to its original place. And a free piece of advice would be to apply a weatherproof sealer on the surface so that you don’t create a mess in the first place.
Tips for Removing Enamel Paint
I’ve already described the process in the easiest way possible. But, I can make it easier for you. Just read out the following tips that’ll surely come in handy!
Picking the right stripper:
You may know that there are two kinds of paint strippers – chemical one and soy paint strippers.
When using the chemical one, apply it in a well-ventilated area or outdoors. And don’t forget to use safety equipment.
On the other hand, the soy paint stripper works equally well as the chemical one, but it is non-toxic and biodegradable. However, you may face trouble in finding it, and it’ll cost you a bit more too.
Sandpaper for removing the paint residue:
For a better finish in removing the paint residue, use some fine-grit sandpaper. Gently rub it on the surface in a circular way, and not only will the paint residue withdraw but the debris as well. After sanding, wipe off the dirt with a clean rag.
Keep a trash bag at hand:
This, my friend, is definitely a very wise step. Keeping the trash bag at hand will allow you to toss the scraped paint in the bag right away. You will hence refrain from making a mess in the basement or outdoors.
Safe disposal of chemicals:
As you are working with chemicals, don’t forget to dispose of the chemicals safely. A sealed container is an excellent choice for disposing of dirt, debris, and paint scrapes. Once it’s in the bag, don’t just throw it in the bin. It’s toxic, so make yourself aware of the steps to dispose of it safely. Well, you won’t have to deal with the hassle if you use the biodegradable soy paint stripper instead.
See, it was no hard job to remove the enamel paint from the metal surface. You need nothing but the right tools and maintain the correct procedure. However, when dealing with chemicals, safety measures are a must. So, don’t neglect it, and you can now finally remove those ugly paint spills from your metal piece or hardware!